A 29-year-old machine operator from Frewsburg, NY, took down the 2015 Seneca Fall Poker Classic Main Event title at the Niagara Falls Poker Room in Western New York on Monday.
Kurtis Boutelle earned $62,933 and Seneca Niagara poker glory by defeating a field of 291 entries and dominating play at the final table.
Final Table Results
After two Day 1 starting flights, 60 players returned to fight for seats at the final table on Sunday. The final nine was set just before 8 p.m. with Alex Visbisky leading, but Boutelle was only a few blinds back.
Monday's final began just after 12 p.m. local time, and it wasn't long before short stack Tony Dojka ran a weak ace into Buck Ramsay's dominating one to bust ninth.
Alfred "Uncle Karma" Stempien then took eighth when he ran the into Boutelle's queens, and Ramsay took seventh running tens into Visbisky's kings.
Ryan Rivers lost a battle of the blinds with Boutelle to bow out sixth and although Visbisky had the lead, he bluffed that off into a Silvio DeRubeis straight as play moved forward.
DeRuebis was the next to go, however, downed by a huge cooler when he called a four-bet shove with the versus Boutelle's .
At that point, Boutelle had about half the chips in play, but he gave heaps back in a massive hand calling both a David Battaglia shove and Nathan Torrance re-shove with the . Battaglia had the and Torrance the with Torrance making a set on the river to scoop, send Battaglia home fourth, and bring Boutelle back down to Earth.
Though it wouldn't be long before Boutelle would rise again. After a little back and forth, Visbisky got it in with eights versus Boutelle's kings preflop, whiffing to take third and send Boutelle into heads-up play holding a big lead over Torrance.
Torrance gave it a go with some relentless aggression, but when Boutelle started playing back at him, he was soon overwhelmed, finding a chop once after getting it in dominated, but bowing out second when he called all in with ten-high and did not connect against Boutelle's ace-high.
Boutelle had the big hands in all the big pots from Sunday morning through until the 2015 Seneca Fall Poker Classic title was his, and now etches his name in the annals of Seneca Niagara poker history with a dominating win.